The Burgenland state SPÖ is distancing itself from the test strategy that Federal SPÖ chairman Pamela Rendi-Wagner has pacted together with the ruling party ÖVP and the Greens.
“What the federal government is doing, it has to know itself. In this case, we are not of the opinion of the Federal SPÖ that you have to go along with the vaccination chaos caused by turquoise-green,” said SPÖ member of the National Council, Max Köllner, to the KURIER. He voted against the government line and the party line of the Federal SPÖ in the vote in the National Council on Thursday. His reasoning is this: Compared to other European countries like Denmark, Austria is much too slow in vaccination. “We have to step up a gear here. If we had done our homework when we were vaccinated, the debate about free or pure testing would be de facto superfluous.”
Line of the state party
In the Burgenland state party it was said that the line of the Federal SPÖ on this point was not approved. And because that is the case, the two Burgenland Federal Councilors of the SPÖ, Sandra Gerdenitsch and Günter Kovacs, want to vote against the “purest”. The SPÖ’s parliamentary club confirmed to the KURIER that the Federal Council members have announced this. It is remarkable that the Burgenland parliamentarians do not appear completely united. Christian Drobits, who, like Köllner, sits in the National Council, has decided against his state party and in favor of the Federal SPÖ – and voted with the government.